Reform Jews: Ex-chief rabbi as bad as those who deny the Holocaust
By Roni Singer-Heruti and Yair Ettinger

Members of the Reform movement accused the former Sephardic chief rabbi of slander yesterday for allegedly stating that the Holocaust happened because of the activity of Reform Jews in Germany. Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu is said to have made the statement on Friday in an interview with a pirate radio station, and the six Reform movement members have filed a slander complaint to the police.

“Rabbi Eliyahu’s statments are no less serious than Holocaust denial, and the Israeli public must respond accordingly … The public in Israel has had enough of rabbis cursing and wants a spiritual leadership whose ‘ways are ways of pleasantness,'” they said.

Most of the complainants are survivors or descendants of survivors. The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) said there were numerous requests for immediate public and legal action after the broadcast.